Bang!! Before Life now in physical shape! It consists of material from Life EP sessions. Available as cassette (with code): Beläten mailorder and download (FLAC and so on): Beläten bandcamp. Words from label:
“»Against Modern Disease« exclaims the verso of the J-card, and this odd juxtaposition of an entirely modern, electronic language, and an inward search for the atavistic purpose of man is the key to understanding the particular magick workings of Grand Mal x. But even with this realization, it isn’t a lesson easily fathomed.
With Before Life GMx return to Beläten with the chronological successor, and thematic precursor to last years Life EP. Where that work seemed to try to lure the listener onto a dimly lit physical dancefloor, Before Life beacons you towards an equally obscure, though entirely metaphysical one. GMx stumble through alternately illuminated and occulted back alley roads, in search of their own personal catharsis.
Grand Mal x are here to go. Deeper.”
GMx could dwell in the runes, the left hand path, the logic side, false magick and so on – The Darkness of it All. We don’t. We do our Ritual. We move. We play. GMx says:
“Presence in constant transformation”
“Against modern disease”
Classy and still going strong Heathen Harvest gives Life EP 8.5/10:
“Grand Mal X is one such act that refuses to be pigeon-holed, and this lovely little six-tracker, Life EP, is outstanding.”
“‘We are like Village People after the anthrax and the plague’. It’s an apt description: the music is at once danceable and disturbing–funky and putrescent. Another of the statements, this time featured on Life EP‘s artwork, declares ‘enhanced genetics by decoding and refusal’. It’s all something you can’t quite put your finger on.”
Heathen Harvest: Full review here
GMx will be part of an early solstice ritual in STHLM/Sweden.
“You’d be forgiven for thinking of Coil when you listen to Grand Mal x. It’s not the sound and style in itself—GMx offers a kind of motorik driven take on minimal electronics, coupled with influences from the darker tangents of electro. The similarities are on a far more esoteric level, investigating the same currents of the physical and the psychical aspects of life.
There is an ineffable undercurrent of magick and ritual to these songs, even a slightly sinister presence in them. They conjure up images of demon-possessed youth writhing and contorting on a dirty bunker dance floor. It’s sweaty, physical, and sexual music, but it never loses touch with the sublime qualities that turn simply »good music« into a truly revelatory experience. Grand Mal x are here to go. Deeper.“
Life EP C36
“…This runic inscription births life to amongst other tracks, one track that is certain to be the second manifestation. Charging the depths in the atmosphere of electro, harnessing minimal electronics and the complexity of structure as to the opposite of minimalism, this grandiose but minimal track is shaped as “Units“. Since they come unified, in units, for their overtaking of your mind. You can stream this track exclusively from Invisible Guy and take part in the channeling of a future being – not unbeknownst to us – but to you. So sharpen your minds, head into the mystique that will with all certainty in the world, engulf you. It will be out on Beläten in the shape of a cassette, namely the C36, for your listening delight – up for pre-ordering on the 31st of January…”